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Best practice in primary care pathology: review 11
  1. W Stuart A Smellie (stuart.smellie{at}
  1. County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
    1. Mark P Vanderpump
    1. Royal Free Hospital, United Kingdom
      1. William D Fraser
      1. Royal Liverpool Hospital, United Kingdom
        1. Richard Bowley
        1. Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics, United Kingdom
          1. Naomi Shaw
          1. Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics, United Kingdom


            This eleventh best practice review examines two series of common primary care questions in laboratory medicine: (i) thyroid testing, and (ii) hypercalcaemia and hypocalcaemia. The review is presented in the same question-answer format as previously, referenced for each question series. The recommendations represent a précis of guidance found using a standardised literature search of national and international guidance notes, consensus statements, health policy documents and evidence-based medicine reviews, supplemented by MEDLINE EMBASE searches to identify relevant primary research documents. In the case of the thyroid series, the recommendations are drawn from the 2006 guidelines published by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry, British Thyroid Association and the British Thyroid Foundation. They are not standards but form a guide to be set in the clinical context. Most are consensus rather than evidence-based. They will be updated periodically to take account of new information.

            • Best practice
            • Evidence-based medicine
            • Interdisciplinary
            • Primary Care

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